Domain and web hosting are obligitory to every website. Your domain name should reflect your business name and should be easy to spell. Avoid strange spelling and numbers or symbols within your domain name as these are difficult to explain and type into an address bar.
Decide whether you will have a public phone system whereby users can contact your business directly. If you choose to have a phone, have a plan in place for international callers. Consider getting a Skype landline number that redirects to your mobile phone if you are frequently out of the office.
Ensure that you look to the future as well as the present when choosing storage options for your stock.
An alternative to holding your own stock is drop-shipping, whereby when an order is made through your ecommerce store, you request the ordered item from a third-party distributor who ships directly to the customer that made the purchase. Drop-shipping allows businesses to avoid having to hold and store their own stock.
When starting any business, your bank will most likely be very helpful in setting up a dedicated account in your business name. Try to keep all expenses and earnings separate from day one. This will make tax time a lot easier.
To accept credit card payments, as an ecommerce website in Australia you will need a merchant account for processing. Shop around for the best deal as different institutions charge different fees. Paypal offers a full-service solution for accepting payment, however they take a percentage of each transaction that is made via your store.
If you would like to add an Online Shop to your existing DNN Website, we can install our eCommerce Starter Pack at any time for only $1250.00.